The Urantia Book presents an integrated world view composed from the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years.
Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a comprehensive perspective of human origins, history and destiny.
What's In It?
Part I: The Universe of Universes - How the cosmos is structured and managed. A purposeful personal universe, evolving in time and space toward an unrevealed destiny is described. This creation includes millions of inhabited worlds in various stages of biological, intellectual, social and spiritual evolution. The nature of God and his relationship to the evolving creation is explored in great detail.
Part II: The Local Universe - The evolutionary plan for fostering the evolving social structures of the universes is detailed. Personality survival is determined by our free will decisions related to our personal relationship with God and the values with which we choose to organize and conduct our personal lives. Growth toward perfection should be our fundamental orientation to life. This growth is evolutionary, cumulative and virtually endless. It is achieved through the love of God and unselfish service to our fellow beings.
Part III: The History of Urantia - A geophysical history of our planet sets the stage for an overview of the development of civilization, culture, government, religion, the family, and other social institutions. The meanings and values contained within human religious civilization are revitalized, strengthening the foundations upon which further cultural development may take place. A description of human destiny is provided including a description of the worlds we will inhabit immediately following mortal death.
Part IV: The Life and Teachings of Jesus - Seven hundred pages devoted to the life of Jesus make up the most spiritually compelling biography of Jesus. The Urantia Book relates over 16 times as much information about Jesus' life and teachings than does the Bible. The literary depth of The Urantia Book clearly reveals and touchingly portrays his combined humanity and divinity.
Who Wrote It?
The Urantia Book is an anthology of 196 "papers" indited between 1928 and 1935 by superhuman personalities whose names are given with their respective papers in the book.
The humans into whose hands the papers were delivered are now deceased. The means by which the papers were materialized was unique and is not clearly understood.